Air Force Civilian Service – Washington, DC
The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and winin air, space and cyberspace. To achieve that… Air Force Civilian Service
Air Force Civilian Service – Washington, DC
The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and winin air, space and cyberspace… Air Force Civilian Service
Air Force Civilian Service – Biloxi, MS +3 locations
WHO MAY APPLY: Applicant must be United States Citizens and be eligible and willing to join the USAF Reserve. For questions concerning military… Air Force Civilian Service
Air Force Civilian Service – Travis AFB, CA
The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and winin air, space and cyberspace. To achieve… Air Force Civilian Service
Air Force Civilian Service – Fort Smith, AR
WHO MAY APPLY: (1) All onboard Air National Guard Technicians on LRAFB and Camp Robinson. (2) All members of the Arkansas Air National Guard or those… Air Force Civilian Service
Air Force Civilian Service – Little Rock AFB, AR
WHO MAY APPLY: (1) All onboard Air National Guard Technicians on Little Rock Air Force Base and Camp Robinson. (2) All members of the Arkansas Air… Air Force Civilian Service
Depending on your job series you can work on cutting edge technology programs, most positions have decent stability but there are RIFs and program shutdowns to deal with. Large bases may be able to absorb these reductions but smaller organization may have layoffs (RIFs). Pay for non-tech jobs is good. Retirement/Pension plan if you can stick around long enough in addition to a '401K' type of savings plan with some matching contributions. Good health care options but the plans are not cheap. Contrary to the public perception, the vast majority of USAF/Gov't personnel are hardworking and dedicated to their jobs and mission. The mission can be very rewarding.
Most Civil Service jobs in the USAF are working for Military leaders. The vast majority of leadership positions go to Military, often inexperienced and focused mostly on their career and promotion potential. They also don't stay long so the organization tends to focus on near term successes and lack long term goals. Civilians are often looked upon as second class citizens. The pay system is fairly antiquated with pay set by grade and time-in-grade not by skills. High tech skills may be underpaid compared to industry counterparts. Civilians are often the 'grey beards' in the organization and often have far greater job skills and knowledge than their military counterparts but struggle to compete. Military leaders attention are focused on junior military officers/enlisted who take far more effort to manage and lead than civilians. Civilian promotion opportunities are limited but available if you are mobile. Innovation is stagnant in most Government service. Laws and Regulations are massive and set at the highest levels in the government, most of the organizations efforts are consumed with maintaining compliance with these overbearing rules and regulations even if they are wasteful. Military leaders are more focused on promotion than 'rocking the boat' to try to implement positive change. This stagnant environment can lead to frustration as the organization knows it often wastes effort but is powerless to do anything about it. Public perception and especially elected leaders tend to bash government employees for wasting money. In fact most of these wasteful practices are directly attributed to Congress and not the Civil Servants that are required by law to execute the programs that Congress passes. No pay raises for the last 4 years, recently a 1% pay raise is the first time since 2010. Once you have several years vested in the system it is does not make financial sense to leave; you may find yourself 'stuck' to maintain your long term financial benefits.
Advice to Management
It is hard to break into the senior civil service ranks. You often find yourself competing with retiring (20 year+) military who use the 'good old boy' system to land a civil service job. There is some effort to curb this practice but the damage has been done for years. Make no mistake, this is a military organization, civilians are often looked at a second class of employee. The intense competition in the military ranks for promotion tends to drive the work tempo of the organization. Civil Servants need to manage their own careers since the military have en entirely different personnel system and most military, even if they are in charge of you, do not know how to manage civilians. Keep up with your won education and training and look for your own job opportunities for growth.